If you recall the sounds of your PC from back in 'the olden days,' you might remember the sounds of the whirring fans, the chime-like booting sound, and an incessant - but merry! - continuous clicking of an overnight defrag. Ah, the good old days.
If you have any fondness for ASMR, this might just be the pick-me-up you're looking for at the end of a rough week. A little device called the HDD Clicker will let you enjoy the sounds of a spinning platter amidst the twilight age of the hard disk device. Thanks to Arne Schmitz of Root42, you can now simulate the noise of a hard disk in your setups.
"A lot of the old hard drives have failed, they're cumbersome, they're loud, they're slow," Schmitz said in an article on PC Gamer. "So usually what we do nowadays: we take compact flash cards instead of hard disks. The advantage here being that many of these are more or less compatible to regular old ATA hard disks because it's basically the same interface."
The takeaway here is that just because the HDD is almost defunct these days, you should still be able to enjoy some nostalgic ASMR. Remember the 'clicks of death' you'd hear when your hard drive was dying? You can emulate those now too - woo hoo!
I suppose one might consider this device frivolous - and it is! - but if you're decided to the overall feel and effect of a retro rig, this really sounds like a 'cherry on top' kind of deal.
What about you - would you add something like this to your setup? Let me know what you think!